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National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

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Dr Mandy Wilson

Research Fellow and Program Leader


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Since 2006, Mandy Wilson has worked on various projects with the Indigenous Team at NDRI. An anthropologist, she received her PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2003. She lectured in anthropology for a number of years before making the move to full-time research. She worked with Professor Saggers in 2007-08 at the Centre for Social Research, Edith Cowan University, on a project looking at outcomes among young people in residential AOD treatment before taking her current position as a full-time Research Fellow at NDRI. Her current projects focus on incarcerated Aboriginal women's experiences of mothering and violence and the experiences of Aboriginal youth around alcohol, fighting and offending.


  • PhD Anthropology, Anthropology and Sociology, University of Western Australia
  • BA (Hons) Anthropology - gender and sexuality, Anthropology and Sociology, University of Western Australia
  • BA Anthropology and English Literature, Anthropology and English Literature, University of Western Australia

Research Interests

  • Gender and sexuality
  • Transgender
  • Young people
  • Violence and Indigenous substance use issues


  • Advisory Board Member, Women's Estate Reference Group, Department of Corrective Services, Department of Corrective Services, Women's Estate Reference Group

Current projects

  • The Sexual Health and Attitudes of Australian Prisoners Details
  • Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women perpetrators of violence: a trial of a prison-based intervention (Beyond Violence) Details
  • Fighting, alcohol and offending: Interventions targeting Aboriginal girls Details


Gray, D., Cartwright, K., Stearne, A., Saggers, S., Wilkes, E.T. and Wilson, M. Review of the harmful use of alcohol among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australian Indigenous Healthinfonet. [In Press] [RJ1359]

Cartwright, K., Gray, D., Wilson, M. and Jones, J. (2017). Evaluation of the AOD-Our-Way Project. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. [T254]

Wilson, M., Jones, J., Butler, T., Simpson, P., Gilles, M., Baldry, E., Levy, M.H. and Sullivan, E. (2017). Violence in the lives of incarcerated Aboriginal mothers in Western Australia. SAGE OPEN, 7, (1), pp. 1-16. DOI: 10.1177/21582440166868 [RJ1193] Paper

Wilson, M., Simpson, P., Butler, T., Richters, J., Yap, L. and Donovan, B. (2017). ‘You’re a woman, a convenience, a cat, a poof, a thing, an idiot’: Transgender women negotiating sexual experiences in men’s prisons in Australia. Sexualities, 20, (3), pp. 380 - 402. DOI: 10.1177/1363460716652828 [RJ1081] Paper

Wilson, M. (2016). A Reflection on Conducting Research with Aboriginal Mothers in Prison. New Community, 13, (3), pp. 60-61. [UJ209]

Gray, D., Stearne, A., Bonson, M., Wilkes, E.T., Butt, J.C. and Wilson, M. (2014). Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Treatment Service Sector: Harnessing Good Intentions. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth. ISBN: 978-0-9873641-6-6 [T231] Paper

Gray, D., Wilson, M., Allsop, S., Saggers, S., Wilkes, E.T. and Ober, C. (2014). Barriers and enablers to the provision of alcohol treatment among Aboriginal Australians: a thematic review of five research projects. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, (5), pp. 482-490. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12137 [RJ950] Paper

Roarty, L., Wildy, H., Saggers, S., Wilson, M. and Symons, M. (2014). What difference does treatment make? Developing a qualitative measure of young people's progress in residential rehabilitation: final report. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, WA. [T230] Paper

Wilson, M., Jones, J. and Gilles, M. (2014). The Aboriginal Mothers in Prison project: an example of how consultation can inform research practice. Australian Aboriginal Studies, (2). pp. 28-39. [RJ1051] Paper

Wilson, M., Butt, J.C., Gower, D., Wilkes, E.T., Gray, D. and Howe, N. (2013). Drinking in the suburbs: The experiences of Aboriginal young people. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. [R267] Paper Abstract

Wilson, M., Saggers, S. and Wildy, H. (2013). Using narratives to understand progress in youth Alcohol and Other Drug treatment. Qualitative Research Journal, 13, (1), pp. 114-131. DOI: 10.1108/14439881311314694 [RJ881] Paper

Roarty, L., Wildy, H., Saggers, S., Conigrave, K., Wilson, M., Di Nicola, K., Webb, J. and Faulkner, J. (2012). 'My Journey Map': Developing a qualitative approach to mapping young people's progress in residential rehabilitation. Contemporary Drug Problems, 39, (4), pp. 715-733. [RJ834]

Wilson, M. and Jones, J. (2012). The Social and Cultural Resilience and Emotional Well-being of Aboriginal Mothers in Prison. CentreLines, 36, pp. 2-4. [UJ183]

Gray, D., Stearne, A., Wilson, M. and Doyle, M.F. (2010). Indigenous-specific Alcohol and Other Drug Interventions: Continuities, Changes and Areas of Greatest Need. ANCD Research Paper 20. Australian National Council on Drugs, Canberra. ISBN: 9781877018237 [R239] Paper

Wilkes, E.T., Wilson, M. and Ward, J. (2010). The stark reality of overdose mortality among Indigenous peoples: (another) plea for action. Addiction, 105, (11), pp. 1971-1972. [RJ761]

Wilson, M., Stearne, A., Gray, D. and Saggers, S. (2010). The harmful use of alcohol amongst Indigenous Australians. Australian Indigenous Healthinfonet. Australian Indigenous Healthinfonet. [UP27] Paper

Wilson, M. and Jones, J. (2015). Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. [R280]

Non-NDRI Publications

Wilson, M. (2010). Feeling extraordinary in ‘ordinary’ spaces: betwixt and between gender in an Australian context. World Anthropologies Network, 5, pp. 128-148. [UJ] Paper Abstract

Wilson, M. (2002). ‘I am the prince of pain, for I am a princess in the brain’: Liminal Transgender Identities, Narratives and the Elimination of Ambiguities. Sexualities, 5, (4), pp. 425-448. [RJ]